What do you do for a living?

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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postposted on Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:58 am

Now a full-time student going for second undergrad degree (Electrical Engineering this time) with an eye toward getting a job after school that actually pays good money. It ain't everything, but I need some green to assist my wife in the living of our life.
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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postposted on Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:40 pm

I smuggle cigarettes, soft-core pornography, and boot-leg cognac.
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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postposted on Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:45 pm

Vrock wrote:I smuggle cigarettes, soft-core pornography, and boot-leg cognac.

Business must be good in these tough economic times...
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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postposted on Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:49 pm

Alex wrote:
Vrock wrote:I smuggle cigarettes, soft-core pornography, and boot-leg cognac.

Business must be good in these tough economic times...
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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postposted on Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:57 pm

I currently work at a small hedge fund located in Boston with a portfolio somewhere around 5 billion.
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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postposted on Thu Jan 29, 2009 1:02 pm

oh, what? I thought you were a professional homewrecker. :lol:
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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postposted on Thu Jan 29, 2009 1:41 pm

Vrock wrote:I smuggle cigarettes, soft-core pornography, and boot-leg cognac.


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derFunkenstein wrote:oh, what? I thought you were a professional homewrecker. :lol:


I'm not sure you can make a living wage as a professional homewrecker
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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postposted on Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:11 pm

Oracle Database Engineer, and PL/SQL Programming. Doing split work lately helping our Microsoft Engineering team writing some VBS Scripts for migration and administration/reporting.
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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postposted on Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:37 pm

derFunkenstein wrote:oh, what? I thought you were a professional homewrecker. :lol:



rofl i just saw this. pretty intense.
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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postposted on Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:38 pm

Everybody still have there jobs out there? If you do just hang on for a few more months and you should be all set.
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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postposted on Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:50 pm

LovermanOwens wrote:Everybody still have there jobs out there? If you do just hang on for a few more months and you should be all set.


Care to share your inside information? 8)
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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postposted on Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:03 pm

i dont mind at all. If you look at history the market tends to stablize around 6 months before the rest of the economy does. Though i know that this isn't set and stone and sometimes history doesn't repeat itself...a lot the analysists here all come to the same conclusion(things will start getting better starting next year).

That being said...expect sizable job losses for the next few months and will then start to tapering off Q3. Unemployment will definately hit ~10.5%. Home prices will continue to drop for a while due to unemployment and the economy even though home purchases will start to show some signs of life.

If you do loose your job (which i hope no one does) and you can't get a new gig...coasting on unemployment should get you to a time where finding a job is easier (when most companies start seeing light at the end of the tunnel). With all the staff they let go in the past 1.5 years there are going to be positions that open up.

The worst thing is ...after all this is done and you manage to keep your job, find a new job, or just get a new job at a later date...once we get a couple of quarters of positive GDP...expect to get hit by a wrecking ball of taxes.
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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postposted on Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:13 pm

I am Territory Manager (Sales department) in a software company.
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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postposted on Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:43 pm

I am a .Net developer & infrastructure guy. I've spent the last 6 months developing sharepoint workflows and migrating our VMs to a Lefthand SAN. I like variety.
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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postposted on Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:03 pm

Code/maintain software, server, and clients for a medium sized payday loan company. Since I can handle 95% of the problems remotely it has allowed me to attend school a second time around and lead a unique life. I'm probably a prime example of a person who hates the job but loves the opportunities it allows me, it's the best situation I could be in right now.
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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postposted on Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:08 pm

Skrying wrote:Code/maintain software, server, and clients for a medium sized payday loan company.


I heard that there is increased rumblings from the government about these types of loans...are you worried about it at all or will it be pushed aside like 90% of the rest of their blustering.
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Postposted on Mon Apr 13, 2009 3:27 pm

henry44 wrote:Graduate student in 2 different programs.
Finishing up a masters in Math Ed.
Begining a masters in Math.
Begining a Ph.D. in Math Ed. in the fall (maybe winter)
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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postposted on Mon Apr 13, 2009 3:39 pm

cant remember if ive posted in this thread or not, but im that desktop grunt that installs windows a dozen times a day, resets passwords, manage user network access, changes printer cartridges and all the other general pc stuff that people are afraid to do themselves hahaha
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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postposted on Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:32 pm

LovermanOwens wrote:
Skrying wrote:Code/maintain software, server, and clients for a medium sized payday loan company.


I heard that there is increased rumblings from the government about these types of loans...are you worried about it at all or will it be pushed aside like 90% of the rest of their blustering.


Where I live, Missouri, there was some of those rumblings about it but it has really died down. Am I worried? Not worried to be honest, I don't want to be in the field all of my life. In fact I want to move completely out of the information technology field and into the information science and interaction design fields. Technology is very much a love hate relationship for me and life is a journey, so it's been fun so far and I hope it will continue to be.
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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postposted on Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:52 pm

LovermanOwens wrote:i dont mind at all. If you look at history the market tends to stablize around 6 months before the rest of the economy does. Though i know that this isn't set and stone and sometimes history doesn't repeat itself...a lot the analysists here all come to the same conclusion(things will start getting better starting next year).

Given that an implosion of this breadth and depth is a roughly once-a-century event, I would not put a whole lot of faith in the predictive power of historical trends this time; the set of historical data points is just too small. And for what it's worth, Wall Street analysts are the same people who got us into this mess in the first place... :wink:
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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postposted on Tue Apr 14, 2009 11:55 am

just brew it! wrote:Given that an implosion of this breadth and depth is a roughly once-a-century event, I would not put a whole lot of faith in the predictive power of historical trends this time; the set of historical data points is just too small. And for what it's worth, Wall Street analysts are the same people who got us into this mess in the first place... :wink:



Your first sentence was very well written and has plenty of merit, but the problems facing us aren't nearly as bad as the Great Depression.

About the Wall Street thing, there were just as many analysts waving the "Holy Crap, Badness is Coming" flags during the whole build up. And if you wanted to point fingers at who got us into this mess in the first place, I would point it squarely(maybe more directly...squarely is a pretty solid conviction) at the government who dropped all the restrictions concerning lending standards.

Think of it like this...you don't blame the fire for buring down a forest...you blame the guy who left his campsite unattended which started it all.
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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postposted on Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:00 pm

just brew it! wrote:
LovermanOwens wrote:i dont mind at all. If you look at history the market tends to stablize around 6 months before the rest of the economy does. Though i know that this isn't set and stone and sometimes history doesn't repeat itself...a lot the analysists here all come to the same conclusion(things will start getting better starting next year).

Given that an implosion of this breadth and depth is a roughly once-a-century event, I would not put a whole lot of faith in the predictive power of historical trends this time; the set of historical data points is just too small. And for what it's worth, Wall Street analysts are the same people who got us into this mess in the first place... :wink:

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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postposted on Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:02 pm

And further R&P comments are not welcome. In fact, a thread in R&P titled "Who caused the meltdown" would be in order.

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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postposted on Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:04 pm

I blame Captain Ned. Raw sewage and all that.
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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postposted on Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:08 pm

derFunkenstein wrote:I blame Captain Ned. Raw sewage and all that.

$20,000 later, raw sewage is no longer a problem.
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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postposted on Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:18 pm

I'm an aerospace engineer working for a tree service :-? :(

Working on that aero job now.
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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postposted on Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:32 pm

Well...... I am currently unemployed which is a bit scary

but before unemployment i used to work as SAP Business Intelligence Developer and was pretty darn good at it.....Just hope that something will work out in near future..................
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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postposted on Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:34 pm

I'm a IT contractor for the US Military. More specifically I do on-site IT support and my job is rarely every boring. I could move up to level 3 but I'd probably end up chained to a desk in a cubicle again.

I did that for 9 years at a "regular" IT company. I'd rather not do that again even if I do have to follow what seems like 100,000 more rules on a daily basis. :lol:
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Re: What do you do for a living?

Postposted on Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:48 pm

I work part time at a small company which manufactures load cells and pressure transducers, Delta Metrics, as Network Admin/IT Guy/Software Dev/Whatever Else Pseudo-Technical My Boss Wants Me To Do Today. It's interesting and nerve-wracking, as it's my first job and it was quite the jump in terms of responsibility. I also 'work' full time as a student (currently sophomore standing) at THE Ohio State University, majoring in Electrical & Computer Engineering with a specialization in Computers. I only just started taking my major courses, after having to bust through over a year of prereqs (calculus, physics, chemistry until my face bled).
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Re: What do you do for a living?

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I invade small Latin America countries and overthrow their governments.
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